tomo identifies as a butch leatherdyke and is honored to be the slave of Ms Rhonda. She serves with her Master as International Master and slave 2016 and Northwest Master and slave 2015. tomo is a Producer of Northwest Leather Celebration, the Northwest Master slave Contest and the Northwest Bootblack Contest. tomo has presented classes, served as a judge, keynote speaker, and emcee at local and national events for over two decades. She was a Producer of International Ms Leather Weekend and a founding member of the Dyke Uniform Corps. tomo is the Director of MAsT: Sacramento and a member of MAsT: San Francisco, Queer Leather Association Sacramento, and The Exiles. She was awarded the 2013 Pantheon of Leather President's Award.
The Angel City Jazz Festival - LA’s most adventurous jazz festival - was founded in 2008 by music promoter Rocco Somazzi. In 2009, Cryptogramophone's founder Jeff Gauthier became a festival coproducer and the festival moved to the Ford Amphitheatre in Hollywood. Since then the festival has grown into an essential multi day celebration of cutting edge Jazz at some of the most exciting & prestigious venues in LA, such as The Ford Theatres, LACMA, REDCAT, Zebulon Café, the Blue Whale, the World Stage, the Bootleg Theatre and the Moss Theatre.
Originally from Chicago, Ben Newman began his journey in woodworking by developing a niche business creating mounts for ancient artifacts from Egypt, Asia, and the Middle East. Working with rosewoods, brass, steel, and hardwoods exotic & domestic, Ben grew further intrigued with the potential to explore other facets of woodworking on his own. Drawing inspiration from industrial design and Modern styles from Italy and Scandinavia, Ben directs his passion to hand craft strong, authentic pieces of furniture in the beautiful Columbia River Gorge where he lives with his partner Molly.